Jack White Earns Fourth-Largest Sales Week for a Vinyl Album in Nielsen History With 'Boarding House Reach'
As Jack White tallies his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Boarding House Reach, he does so with the fourth-largest sales week for a vinyl album since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.
In the week ending March 29, Boarding House Reach sold 121,000 in traditional album sales, and of that sum, 27,000 were on vinyl LP. The handsome performance on vinyl was expected, considering how White is a champion of the format.
White’s own Lazaretto continues to hold the record for the biggest vinyl sales week in Nielsen Music history, with 40,000 sold in its debut frame (the week ending June 15, 2014). The album has shifted 120,000 copies on vinyl in total, of its overall 397,000 copies sold in all formats (vinyl, CD, downloads, etc.)
Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy is in second place, with 34,000 vinyl LPs sold in its debut frame (week ending Nov. 27, 1994).
Notably, Vitalogy was available only on vinyl in its first two weeks of release, an unusual move, considering the format had been out of fashion for years at the time of the set’s debut. Still, the band was a big fan of vinyl and wanted to issue the set initially on the format. (Bonus fun fact: the album includes the song “Spin the Black Circle,” an ode to vinyl.)
Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament told Billboard at time of Vitalogy’s release: “Years ago, when the record companies decided they were going to go with the CD format and phase out vinyl, there were a lot of people that listened to records that were unfairly taken out of the loop. I was one of those people.”
Vitalogy has sold 105,000 copies on vinyl, of its overall 4.8 million copies sold.
In third place for the biggest sales week on vinyl in the Nielsen Music era: Adele’s 25 with 31,000 sold during the final week of the 2015 Christmas shopping season — the week ending Dec. 24, 2015. That was the album’s fifth week of release, and one of six weeks in which 25 sold more than 10,000 vinyl copies. In total, 25 has moved 199,000 copies on vinyl, of its total 9.4 million sold.
25 also owns the fifth-largest vinyl sales week, as the set tallied 22,000 vinyl copies sold in the album’s opening week (ending Nov. 26, 2015).